Bombay Velvet is a 2015 Indian period crime thriller film directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables. It stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in lead roles with Kay Kay Menon, Manish Choudhary, Vivaan Shah and Siddhartha Basu appearing in supporting roles. The film was released on 15 May 2015.
The film, made on a budget of ₹120 crore, grossed around 23 crore in the first week. It opened to highly negative critical and public reviews, was declared a commercial disaster and failed miserably at the box office.
In 1969 Bombay, Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) is a street fighter/boxer who is in love with the jazz singer Rosie (Anushka Sharma). Seeing Rosie with wealthy men further sparks his dream of becoming a “big-shot”, believing that if he manages to become rich, he might win Rosie’s heart. Balraj and his friend Chimman (Satyadeep Mishra) then catch the eye of Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), a wealthy businessman who is impressed by Balraj and offers him the chance to manage his club “Bombay Velvet”, which Khambatta uses to further his illegal tasks and activities. He also nicknames Balraj “Johnny”, which then becomes his identification. As well as this, Johnny and Chimman fulfill minor tasks for Khambatta, including capturing a dirty photograph of a minister who Khambatta wants to blackmail. This news reaches Jimmy Mistri, a media reporter, who also happens to be the same wealthy man Johnny had previously seen Rosie with.
Remembering that Johnny has a crush on Rosie, Mistri takes advantage of this and sends Rosie to Johnny’s club to get her hands on the photograph of the minister. However, Rosie and Johnny eventually fall in love, and Mistri threatens to reveal Rosie’s true identity to Johnny. Therefore, Rosie begins to supply information about Johnny & Khambatta’s activities to Mistri. After a photograph of a secret meeting between Bombay’s big-shots is leaked, Khambatta guesses that it was Rosie supplying the information and orders her to be killed. Johnny hears of this and forms an enmity with Khambatta, the man who brought him into the crime world.
Johnny fakes Rosie’s death and makes her act as if she is her long dead twin sister Rita. But soon Khambatta realises the truth, kidnaps Rosie and tries to kill Johnny and they get into a standoff at Bombay Velvet. Khambatta shoots Rosie to provoke Johnny. Johnny angry at this stabs Khambatta and is himself shot dead while trying to carry Rosie to the hospital, outside the club. It is revealed before the end credits that Rosie survived her gunshot.
Ranbir Kapoor as “Johnny” Balraj, a street fighter
Anushka Sharma as Rosie Noronha, a jazz singer
Karan Johar as Kaizad Khambatta, a quick-witted, flamboyant Parsi media mogul with a high-end attitude
Manish Choudhary as Jamshed “Jimmy” Mistry, a newspaper editor
Satyadeep Mishra as Chimman, Balraj’s friend
Kay Kay Menon as Inspector Vishwas Kulkarni, a detective
Siddhartha Basu as Romi Patel
Remo Fernandes as a Portuguese man
Vivaan Shah as Tony, Noronha’s chauffeur
Sarika Singh as Chimman’s wife
Shaanti as Hiral (Khambatta’s wife)
Vicky Kaushal as Basil (Vishwas Kulkarni’s junior)
Varun Grover (Cameo) as a standup comedian
Raveena Tandon (Cameo)
Mrinmoy Goldar (Cameo)
Christopher Hutton as self (Cameo)